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Endodontic Microsurgery

3D MicroEndo

Endodontists located in Upper East Side, Gramercy, and Tribeca, New York, NY

Endodontic microsurgery, also called an apicoectomy, is a procedure that removes infected tissue from the tip of your tooth’s root. The skilled endodontic team at 3D MicroEndo expertly performs this procedure when a root canal fails or in other situations where warranted. The practice has three locations in the Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan for your convenience. Book an appointment online or by calling the New York City office nearest you now.

Endodontic Microsurgery Q & A

What is endodontic microsurgery?

Endodontic microsurgery, medically known as an apicoectomy, is a procedure for removing an infection from the tip of a tooth root. This is often the right treatment approach if a tooth previously treated with root canal therapy starts causing pain or other signs of infection. 

The 3D MicroEndo team has a 97% root canal success rate thanks to their state-of-the-art technology and techniques including 3D scans, microscopes, and rotary instruments. But, for the rare instances where a root canal fails, endodontic microsurgery could be the solution. 

How does endodontic microsurgery work?

Your 3D MicroEndo endodontist injects local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth. Then, they create a very small incision around your gumline to access the tooth root. 

Your endodontist extracts the infection from the tip of your tooth root, cleans the area carefully, and then places a small filling as a sealant. Finally, your endodontist places small sutures to close the gum incision. 

Is endodontic microsurgery better than a tooth extraction?

Yes, in most cases it is. Whenever you’re able to save your natural tooth, it’s far preferable to removing it. After a tooth is extracted, you need to replace it by using a dental bridge or implant, both procedures that are expensive and complicated. 

Although endodontic microsurgery is a complex procedure, the 3D MicroEndo team has extensive experience in this kind of treatment. This gives you the best chance of an excellent outcome, allowing you to keep your natural tooth for a long time to come.

What happens after endodontic microsurgery?

After endodontic microsurgery, you can expect some swelling and sensitivity. Your 3D MicroEndo endodontist may recommend either over-the-counter or prescription medication to minimize your discomfort, along with ice packs to manage the swelling. 

Most of the time, you need to rest on the day you have endodontic microsurgery, but can return to work the next day. Your endodontist tells you how to take care of the surgical area effectively. 

Consistent oral care at home, along with regular dental care after your endodontic microsurgery, can help you keep a healthy tooth long after you would have lost it otherwise. 

If you need to save your tooth after a failed root canal, endodontic microsurgery can help. Call the 3D MicroEndo office nearest you or click the online booking tool now for help.